Kelly Hayward has saluted Fox & Sons and GB Mixtures after their versatility tournament triumphs but insisted: They didn’t have it easy.
The competition organiser reckons this year’s event was one of the most hard-fought to date, with the results proving difficult to predict.
However, the cunning Fox & Sons side showed their class to claim the group A crown with a fine unbeaten run.
Meanwhile, GB Mixtures – the youngest team to enter the competition – fired a timely reminder of their talents with victory in group B.
The tournament, which sees players given a taste of different positions on the court, attracted 15 teams from across the Gosport & Fareham League.
The teams were split into two divisions, with group A made up of sides from divisions one to four.
Teams from divisions five to seven made up group B, with them all fighting to finish as winner or runner-up in their pool.
Both groups proved to be very competitive. And the final placings were not decided until the final round of fixtures – with many teams separated by goal difference.
Fox & Sons took top spot in group A. Runners-up were JoKers Hamble.
Meanwhile, Gosport Ferry took the group B runners up spot – just two goals ahead of Mismatch. Winning the group, though, were GB Mixtures.
Hayward, who was quick to congratulate the winners, said: ‘I love versatility tournaments.
‘All the teams seem to enjoy playing positions they don’t normally.
‘Plus, it’s a great way for teams to try new combinations and maybe find that secret shooter!
‘This year I changed it slightly to put a rotation in at half-time to make sure all players got to play every position at least once
‘And the event seemed to be a lot closer on the whole, with many surprising results to shake the positions up a bit.’
While Hayward organised the tournament, she was gratefully to all the help she had to make it possible.
‘I would just like to thank all those that helped me,’ she said.
‘As always, I could not have done it without the help I received.
‘So a big thank you to Jo Glenn, Aly Bradley, Siobhan Glenn, Andrea Davis and Sarah Cooper.
‘Also, a big thank you must go to Brune Park for their great support, as always, for this event and for letting us use the courts for free.
‘A big well done to all players and umpires for making the day so enjoyable and starting the Gosport & Fareham Netball Association (GFNA) fundraising efforts to get the courts resurfaced.
GFNA’s next adult tournament is the mixed – where teams are made up of four ladies and three men – on Sunday, July 10.
If you would like to enter a team, please contact Kelly Hayward. The closing date for entries is June 23.